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Sen. Lieberman: Cut Social Security to prevent cuts to defense budget

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) announced on the Senate floor Tuesday that he was working on a bipartisan proposal to reform Social Security. He said reforming entitlement programs like Social Security was necessary to prevent cuts to the defense budget. “Bottom line, we can’t protect these entitlements and also have the…

Hartmann: Greatest presidents were not compromisers

RT’s Thom Hartmann explained Tuesday that the greatest presidents have not been compromisers. “Republicans will surely be emboldened by the way Mr. Obama keeps folding in the face of their threats,” Pulitzer Prize winning economist Paul Krugman wrote Sunday. “He surrendered last December, extending all the Bush tax cuts; he…

Little economic impact from U.S. debt deal: analysts

Spending cuts in the new deal to slash the US deficit and raise the borrowing ceiling will not have much immediate effect on the economy — or the deficit itself, analysts said Monday. Heralded as a political success that averts the United States being forced to default on its debt,…

Senate approves bill to avert debt default

Update: The White House says that President Obama has signed the bill into law. An original report follows… The US Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to avert a disastrous debt default and cut trillions in government spending, sending the contentious bill to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Lawmakers…

Poll: Most say lawmakers behaved like ‘spoiled children’ in debt fight

Following a political battle that literally threatened to topple the global financial system, most Americans say their representatives in Congress behaved like “spoiled children” in coming to a deal on U.S. debt, with congressional Republicans coming out looking the worst overall. New poll figures from CNN (PDF) found that 77…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama speaks about debt deal

President Barack Obama was expected to speak in the Rose Garden Tuesday after the Senate passed the bipartisan debt ceiling compromise. Watch this live video from The White House, broadcast Aug. 2, 2011. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

Fox News ‘expert’ compares free birth control to forced abortions

Making access to birth control easier for American women is akin to “unrestricted, unlimited sex anytime,” and China’s policy of only allowing one child per couple, according to an abortion “expert” featured on Fox News on Tuesday. Family-PAC Vice President Sandy Rios was invited on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom” to discuss…

Court sanctions CIA for destroying torture tapes

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was sanctioned by a federal court Monday and ordered to reimburse the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for legal fees expended trying to obtain evidence that the agency tortured terror war prisoners during the Bush administration. Though a minor victory for the ACLU, the case…

Pentagon lands extra $50 billion out of debt deal

Out of a bill that was supposed to cut government spending and waste wherever it is found, lawmakers managed to cobble together an additional $50 billion for the U.S. Defense Department’s budget, using an accounting trick to disguise the move. Instead of cutting $400 billion from the Pentagon’s budget over…

Google faces 9 antitrust complaints in EU probe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google faces a total of nine antitrust complaints which EU regulators are now investigating, two sources said on Tuesday, as rivals ramped up the pressure on the world No. 1 search engine. The European Commission has up to now only confirmed four cases against Google. The addition…

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